Nat­u­ashish youth rep­re­sent­ing Canada in El Sal­vador

Che­nille Rich set to com­pete in Miss In­dige­nous of the World 2019 Pageant

The Labradorian - - Editorial - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY danette@nl.rogers.com

El Sal­vador is a long way from her home in Nat­u­ashish, but Che­nille Rich is em­brac­ing the op­por­tu­nity to travel to Cen­tral Amer­ica in Fe­bru­ary to rep­re­sent Canada at the Miss In­dige­nous of the World 2019 Pageant.

The 15-year-old is no stranger to pageantry.

In Au­gust 2017 she com­peted in the Miss Canada Globe Pro­duc­tions Pageant (teen cat­e­gory) in Toronto.

Miss Canada Globe Pro­duc­tions is touted as the only pageant in Canada that sends not only their win­ners but also their run­ner-ups to com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Che­nille com­peted in the Miss Teen Pe­tite Beauty In­ter­na­tional Pageant in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic in April (2018). She placed sec­ond-run­ner-up (sec­ond princess) in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic and is now ex­cited about her trip to El Sal­vador. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in pageants un­der the Miss Canada Globe Pro­duc­tions ban­ner has opened many doors for Che­nille. She will be mod­el­ling in New York in Fe­bru­ary prior to her trip to El Sal­vador.

Che­nille said par­tic­i­pat­ing in in­ter­na­tional pageants is also an op­por­tu­nity to meet teens from other coun­tries.

“I learn a lot of other lan­guages from all over the world... the girls teach me how to do things in the pageant and mod­el­ling,” she said.

A Grade 11 stu­dent at Mushuau Innu Nat­u­ashish School, Che­nille has a keen in­ter­est in learn­ing the tra­di­tions of her peo­ple.

“I like to go fish­ing and like help­ing my mom (An­to­nia Rich)... I learned a lot from my grand­mother (Suzanne Rich) like clean­ing a cari­bou hide and clean­ing the por­cu­pine,” she said.

Proud fa­ther

Che­nille’s fa­ther Gabe Rich is one of her big­gest sup­port­ers.

“In our com­mu­nity they call (Che­nille) Mushuau Innu Princess,” he said proudly.

Gabe said he’s grate­ful to all those in the com­mu­nity that sup­port his daugh­ter, in­clud­ing fam­ily and friends.

“And I’d like to thank Mushuau First Na­tions, Innu Devel­op­ment, Innu Na­tion and Re­cre­ation (Cen­tre) in our com­mu­nity,” he said.

Che­nille’s school has been sup­port­ive as well, he said, es­pe­cially teacher Rob Tulk. Gabe trav­els with his daugh­ter and vol­un­teered on a par­ent com­mit­tee dur­ing the pageant in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

“They called me pageant dad,” he said. “I’m re­ally proud of the Miss Canada Globe Pro­duc­tions for their ef­forts in rep­re­sent­ing my daugh­ter.”

Che­nille’s fa­ther will be hold­ing sev­eral fundrais­ers to help cover some of the ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with the trip to El Sal­vador.

En­cour­ages other teens to par­tic­i­pate Che­nille is en­cour­ag­ing other young girls to put their names for­ward as con­tes­tants in the na­tional pageant.

“It’s not about the looks, it’s all about the ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

Any teens who would like more in­for­ma­tion about reg­is­ter­ing for the na­tional pageant can e-mail Che­nille at che­nillebe­nuen@gmail.com.

Any­one who would like to do­nate to help Che­nille can do so by e-mail­ing her fa­ther at ga­by75riche@gmail.com

CON­TRIB­UTED

Che­nille Rich and her fa­ther Gabe.

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